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Visitors living within 50 miles of Vassar College may apply for a Guest Borrower Card. Applicants need to submit a completed online application. We also require a copy of your driver's license or other state-issued photo ID for address verification purposes.  Guest Borrower cards are valid for one year from the date of issue.  

Vassar alumni:  Please contact the CIS Card Office for information about obtaining an Alumni card, which can be used in the library once you have filled out a guest borrower application and have had your card validated at the Main Library Circulation Desk. You must live within a day's drive to campus to qualify for borrowing privileges. 

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Please note: the resources and services of Vassar College Library are primarily intended to meet the needs of current students, faculty and staff of Vassar College. Guest borrowers are welcome to use the collections and services of the Library during regular building hours.  Due to licensing restrictions, electronic resources can only be accessed from on-campus.  Approved borrowers should be aware of Vassar College Libraries' Guest Borrower Privileges and Policies.

Policies and Privileges


Library Card: Library cards are to be used only by the person to whom they are issued. Please carry your card at all times when in the Libraries.  You will need to fill out a new application each year and all renewals must be approved before privileges are renewed.  To avoid a disruption of borrowing privileges, fill out the application again before your card expires.  There is a replacement fee for lost cards.


For information about accessing the libraries, please see the information on visiting the libraries.

Main Library: Evening and weekends, the doors are locked; please use the intercom system to gain admittance. 

Music Library: Guest borrower access to Skinner Hall is for the Music Library facility only and does not include access to practice rooms, musical instruments, stages, or teaching spaces. The posting of signs without the permission of the Music Department is prohibited.


There are VPrint printers/copies in the Main and Music Libraries.

A VPrint card is needed to print/copy from the campus printers. A VPrint card machine is located in the Main Library near the 24-hour space. The initial card costs $5 and has a value of $3.75. Value can be added to your card as needed.  

Interlibrary Loan/Annex Requests: Interlibrary Loan requests must be placed with your public or home library. Request books and journals stored in the Libraries' Annex through the online catalog. Annex items will be delivered within 24 hours barring weekends or unusual circumstances.

Borrowing and Fines

Loan Periods


Main Library:

Fines of exact change only may be paid at the Main Circulation Desk, Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm during the academic year and Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm during breaks.

Music Library:

Fines may be paid at the Music Library Circulation Desk Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm.